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What cheer?

author of text
Richard Hill's Commonplace Book, 16th century

Sir William Walton began his musical life as a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. His first published composition, A litany, was a short anthem written at the age of 16, and from time to time he returned to church music, though the bulk of his output is orchestral. His handful of church pieces are all of high quality. What cheer?, a carol written in 1960, represents the exuberant, rhythmic side of his musical personality.

from notes by Collegium Records 1988


A Christmas Present from Polyphony
NOEL2Super-budget price sampler — Download only
Faire is the Heaven
COLCD107Download only
O magnum misterium
CDA66925Archive Service
Voces 8 Christmas
Studio Master: SIGCD291Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Walton: Coronation Te Deum & other choral works


Track 19 on CDA67330 [1'06]
Track 17 on NOEL2 [1'06] Super-budget price sampler Download only
Track 27 on CDA66925 [1'04] Archive Service
Track 19 on COLCD107 [1'18] Download only
Track 18 on SIGCD291 [1'31] Download only

Track-specific metadata for NOEL2 track 17

Recording date
6 January 2002
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Walton: Coronation Te Deum & other choral works (CDA67330)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: June 2002
  2. A Christmas Present from Polyphony (NOEL2)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: October 2004
    Deletion date: November 2014
    Super-budget price sampler Download only
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